School Newsletter

Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School

An “A” Rated School District

Home of the Broncos

School Message from Principal Zuniga

Students are back on campus

Our campus opens at 7:15 AM, students may come for breakfast or head straight to their classroom any time between 7:15 AM and 7:40 AM. Multiple entrances will be open for student arrival with staff stationed throughout the campus to assist students to their classrooms and/or the cafeteria for breakfast.

Supplies

This year we will not be sharing supplies. It is recommended students come to school with a backpack and their own supplies. Teachers will be providing additional information in regards to specific supply and wish lists.

Closed Campus

Student Safety is Our Top Priority Our campus will be closed to all outside guests, only students and staff will be able to enter.  Visitors and volunteers will not be permitted at this time.

Nurse Protocols

You can assist us by screening your child before bringing them to school. Please keep them home if they are ill or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher. If your child takes medication at school, please reach out to our school nurse, Nurse Connie at

 

Arrival

School will begin at 7:40am.  Students can arrive to school as early as 7:15 AM every morning where students are able to go to the classroom or to the cafeteria for breakfast. Multiple gates and doors on both sides of the campus will be open for students We will have specific locations for each grade level to enter in order to reduce the amount of traffic in one particular area. See map attached.  When dropping off students please follow the signage that is posted around the drop off loop. Students will be dropped off at the curb and walk to the entrance that is assigned to their grade level. There will be staff members there to assist in directing students. Students that will be walking to school will enter through the front gate area. If your child is riding the bus to school you can help with social distancing at the bus stop. There will be some social distancing measures in place on the bus. Students must wear face coverings to ride the school bus. We are encouraging families to drive students to school if possible in order to help with social distancing.

Also, for the safety of our students we would like to minimize the number of adults entering our school building and the number of adults our students come into contact with so we will not be having any adults entering our building or coming in to volunteer or eat lunch with their students.

If your child is going to be late or be picked up early, you must have your ID available.

Dismissal Procedures

Rancho Santa Fe has worked closely with Litchfield Elementary School District's Transportation Department and local law enforcement to design an effective and safe protocol for student drop off and pick up. We will also be staggering dismissal times for walkers and car riders to help with traffic flow and avoid large gatherings of parents and students. No parents will be allowed to park and pick up. Younger children will dismiss at the time of the oldest child in your family. Bus riders will dismiss at the assigned time for their grade level even if they have a younger sibling. If you are walking to pick up your child we ask that you inform the classroom teacher and meet your child at the flagpole near the front gate entrance.

Dismissal will be staggered to ensure social distancing to safely load the bus and car loop (see below). It is essential that parents of 3rd-5th grade students are not in the car line until after 2:25pm. Each family will be given a car window sign to be placed in their passenger front window. This sign will have a number for your family along with the student’s names and grade levels. Staff will enter your family’s number into a document that will be viewed by all teachers as you drive into the car loop. We ask that you continue to pull up as far forward as you can. There will be signage and staff to direct cars. Once again parents we ask you to keep sick children or a child with a fever at home.

Dismissal Schedule:

 

2:15PM:  Kindergarten and 1st grade

2:20PM: 2nd and 3rd grade

2:25PM: 4th and 5th grade

Adults will be out there to direct parents.  ALL parents are asked to stay IN your vehicle and pull as far forward as possible to help the traffic flow.  If you have more than one child they will be released with the oldest child in your family in the car loop.

Breakfast & Lunch

Starting September 16, free school meals will be available daily at every school for children age 18 and under. Lunch schedules will vary by school.

Item Drop Off

We are limiting all items that are not necessities coming onto the campus and into the classrooms. We are hopeful things can get back to normal soon, once this is safe we will communicate new procedures with you.

I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for the continued support we have been receiving. It has been a unique time for all of us and we are learning new things each and every day. As we move into the hybrid and in person learning models, we will continue to work through every aspect with a positive outlook, strong family connection and an open mind. Thank you for the positivity you have offered throughout this past six weeks as well as the flexibility and the grace you have given. It has made this new style of education a bit easier to learn, maneuver and perfect. We greatly value our strong relationships with our community and are looking forward to the many accomplishments this school year will bring.

Principal Mrs. Zuniga

  Zuniga@lesd.k12.az.us

Rancho Santa Fe Elementary

  Front office: 623-535-6507

Attendance Line: 623-535- 6503